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Time Machine — What was happening 80 years ago?

The bridge to the Shermand Brothers Ranch near Eagle.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of May 26, 2016

Six families celebrated the dedication of their Habitat for Humanity homes at the Stratton Flats neighborhood in Gypsum.

The Reds, Whites and Brews celebration was returning to Avon for the fifth year. Headliners included Jimmy Stanley, Kendell Marvel and Kristen Kelly.

Valley Fresh Organics planned to sell seedlings at a series of CSU Extension plant sales planned at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the Avon Salvation Army site and at the Avon Community Garden.

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5 years ago

Week of May 24, 2012

Eagle voters overturned their 2010 decision and approved the Eagle River Station proposal. The vote was 1,247 in favor and 1,022 against.

A class of fourth-graders packed the Gypsum Town Council meeting. The students asked the town to build a water park.

Representatives from the Colorado Department of Transportation joined with local officials to celebrate a ribbon cutting at the new U.S. Highway 6 bridge east of Eagle.

10 years ago

Week of May 24, 2007

Longtime Eagle Valley High School teacher, coach and athletic director Dave Scott retired after working at the school for 28 years. Scott recalled an early piece of advice he received from former EVHS principal Wally Birlew — “Always beat Battle Mountain.”

The town of Eagle instituted a number of incentives and new design standards developed to spur business development along Broadway.

An Eagle County sheriff’s deputy responded to a call at Dotsero, where a school bus driver reported seeing two boys lugging candy vending machines to their homes. The boys said they found the machines hidden in a cluster of trees in a nearby parking area and they planned to take them home and share the candy with friends. The deputy confiscated the sweet loot.

Ali Gulick, a junior at EVHS, was selected as a delegate to Colorado Columbine Girls State.

20 years ago

Week of May 22, 1997

Cotton Ranch Golf Course opened in Gypsum. “Not too long ago, the prospect of golfing in Gypsum would have brought jokes about replacing cow-pie divots. Times have changed,” noted the Enterprise.

The Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission began review of the proposed West Eagle (later renamed Eagle Ranch) development plan.

Eagle Valley Enterprise owners Gojan and Leslie Nikolich announced they had sold the newspaper to Morris Communications Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia.

Five members of the EVHS baseball team —Mac Bernhardt, Simon DeHerrera, Mike Beals, Roy Buttermore and Bob Pietrack — were named to the All League team.

30 years ago

Week of May 28, 1987

Eagle-based Metcalf Archaeological Consultants unearthed a pit house that dated back 7,500 years. The site, located along the Trough Road in northern Eagle County, was the oldest pit house ever discovered in Colorado. Some 600 people visited the dig. When the excavation was completed, the company refilled the site with sand to preserve and protect it.

EVHS seniors prepared for the second annual Project Graduation event.

Eagle Valley Elementary School fourth-grader Brad Hollandsworth was headed off to middle school with an impressive record. In five years, he had never missed a single day of school. He hoped to maintain his record through middle and high school.

Dee Ann Rivera played Bilbo Baggins and Eric Holt played Gandalf in the EVHS production of “The Hobbit.”

40 years ago

Week of May 26, 1977

A Brush Creek water call forced the town of Eagle to adopt emergency use restrictions. No lawn watering was allowed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Violators were subject to a $300 fine.

Perry Eaton was named valedictorian and Susan Stephenson was named salutation for the EVHS Class of ‘77

Tammie Smith, a sophomore at EVHS, was named to the all-state volleyball team.

The Colorado Division of Highways awarded a $392,000 contract to build a recreational trail along Interstate 70 from the top of Vail Pass to the border of Summit County.

50 years ago

Week of May 25, 1967

The Enterprise declared that the Eagle County Fairgrounds was one of the finest Western Slope facilities of its type.

The county was at work on various airport improvements. The first project slated was excavation of about 10,000 tons of dirt to provide adequate drainage for a new 5,200 foot runway.

Mr. and Mrs. George Yost of Eagle announced the engagement of their daughter, Roxie, to Richard Deane, the son of Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Deane of Gypsum.

60 years ago

Week of May 23, 1957

Paul Luby of Eagle High School and Skip Chambers of Eagle County High School were selected by American Legion Post 150 to attend the annual Colorado Boys State event.

The ABC American Farmer program aired a segment featuring Eagle County agriculture agent Sam Kunz.

The Burns Rodeo was planned in early June and organizers promised $1,700 in prize money.

“Earth vs. the Flying Saucers” was the featured presentation at the Eagle Theater.

70 years ago

Week of May 23, 1947

District forest ranger Jack Graw reported that 21,000 skiers used the ski tow at Cooper Hill during the 1946-47 season. That number did not include military personnel who used the facility for training.

Eagle County collections for a cancer fund drive totaled $273.76. “Eagle County can always be depended upon to go over the top on any drive to benefit humanity,” reported the Enterprise.

Voters approved a bond issue to build a new gymnasium at Eagle County High School. The final tally was 256 votes in favor and 114 against.

80 years ago

Week of May 21, 1937

“Mrs. Hans Larsen hosted a toothsome turkey dinner and bingo night at the family home on Brush Creek in honor of her son Duane’s graduation,” reported the Enterprise. Guests included all the boys and teachers from Eagle High School. Before the dinner, Mrs. Larsen weighed all the high school boys. She weighed them again after the meal, and some of the guests had gained as much as four pounds.

Harry Collins and his orchestra were set to perform at the Dreamland Dance Hall in Wolcott. The event promised to be “the dance of the season.”

The bill schedule for the town of Eagle included an $8.05 payment to Pete Stein and Son for blacksmithing services.

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